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Are You Hungry or Just Bored?

Medically reviewed by

Prof Rishi Singhal MBBS, MRCS, FRCS, MD

There are two types of hunger...

Physical and psychological. Knowing the differences between them can be a game-changer! 

Physical hunger is when your body needs food to create energy. Your stomach feels empty and may rumble. You may also experience low blood sugar levels and feel weak, foggy-headed, or exhausted.

Psychological hunger is when you have a desire to eat but feel no physical signs that your body needs food. This can be associated with one or more of the following:

Even if you're not hungry...

You could eat out of boredom or stress. 

You could be triggered by a TV commercial – ordering online or via an app has become much more convenient. Psychological hunger can also be strongly triggered by insufficient sleep or hormonal changes.

Compared to boredom, true hunger and thirst feel different.

Keep in mind that you need to give your body nutrition on a regular basis to keep it healthy and give it the energy it needs to get you through the day.

When attempting to reduce weight, some people choose to skip meals, which is frequently counterproductive because going too long between meals can result in overeating.

Next time you feel hungry, ask yourself:

Are you hungry or just bored?

Our Dietician can help you understand the difference between physical and psychological hunger and how to tackle these triggers.

Book yourself into a Diet Review today and start your weight loss journey to becoming a healthier, happier you. 

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